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Old 07-22-2016, 10:23 PM
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i think sophie was the closest sister to prince philip .
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I always liked that Sophie was nicknamed 'Tiny' even though she was the tallest sister. haha
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Old 07-23-2016, 12:27 AM
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Considering the age difference and by 7 he was at school in the UK and living with his grandmother (and Uncles) he wasn't likely close to any. But Sophie and Cecile are closest in age (7 and 10 older) so likely closest. No surprise he is very close to the Mountbattan cousins He and David (his father George was Philip's guardian) were 2 years apart. He went to naval college with Philip and was his best man. Sisterly he likely closer to Louis' daughters. Unfortunately due to his mother's hospitalization and dad's estrangement, Philip was basically raised a Mountbatten, and that bond reflects later in his and his kids' lives. Iver (David's son) is Louise's godfather and of Charles/Louis/Knatchbulls is well known.

He did spend 2 terms at school in Germany thanks to his BIl Berthold (Theodora's husband) but with the rise of Naziism he moved back, the head of his German school founded Gordonstoun. Not sure if he would have seen her at all while in Germany. Berthold was one of 2 Nazi BILs.
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All Prince Philip's sisters and brothers in law were members of the Nazi Party by the later 1930's. It was expected of prominent members of German society, and there were disadvantages in not being members. However, I think that Sophie's husband Christoph was a far keener Nazi than the others. Berthold Baden after all came from a liberal family.

According to the book 'Young Prince Philip' by Philip Eade Prince Philip spent most of his holidays until war loomed, in Germany, both with his grandmother Victoria in visiting the Hesses at Wolfsgarten, where there were large family holidays, also at Salem where Berthold taught Philip how to fish, as well as regular visits to his other sisters.

He did spend shorter holidays with the Louis Mountbattens at Ashdean, their country home, but Edwina was often away travelling and Dickie Mountbatten didn't really become mentor to Philip until after his brother George's death. They became closer and saw more of each other in 1939 and occasionally during the war.
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Were they allowed to attend Queen Elisabeth II's Coronation ?
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Old 07-23-2016, 09:06 AM
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Were they allowed to attend Queen Elisabeth II's Coronation ?
all his living sisters and their spouses attended the coronation but not the wedding
this is the list of his sisters and their families who attended the coronation :
Margrave Berthold and Margravine Theodora of Baden
Hereditary Prince Maximilian of Baden
Prince Gottfried and Princess Margarita of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Princess Beatrix of Hohenlohe-Langenburg
Prince and Princess George William of Hanover
Princess Christina Margarethe of Hesse
Princess Dorothea of Hesse .
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One thing I've always wondered about is, what are Prince Philip's memories of Prince Andrea, his father? Prince Philip didn't seem to see much of his father in the years of his youth, before the war and after his mother was institutionalised in a clinic. That event really signalled the break-up of the family as Philip's sisters married and Prince Andrew went off to Monaco, where he lived from then on.

Andrea would sometimes turn up at the family holidays at Wolfgarten and there were family weddings, christenings, of course, but, although he was consulted about Philip's upbringing, education and so-forth, he abdicated much of the responsibility to George Milford Haven and his daughters.

Biographies of Philip don't go into his relationship with his father much at all. There's a throwaway anecdote I read somewhere of him visiting Andrea's longterm live-in lover just after the war (his father was then dead, of course) and him getting on well with her. However, biographers seem to have concentrated more on Philip's relationship with his mother, Alice. Andrea/Andrew seems in many ways to be the forgotten parent in Philip's story.
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Prince Philip spent the Christmas holidays of 1934-1935 in Germany. He stayed with his sister Princess Sophie and her husband, Prince Christoph of Hesse.
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Princess Sophie of Greece and Denmark also used to visit the annual Windsor Horse Show every May.

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Before their weddings, were any of Prince Philip's sisters considered as a possible wife for any non-German Royals? Was there a specific reason they all married German Royals?
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Before their weddings, were any of Prince Philip's sisters considered as a possible wife for any non-German Royals? Was there a specific reason they all married German Royals?
With few male members of the ruling houses available for marriage (the Swedish & Danish princes preferred non-royal brides, Spain was in turmoil even before the monarchy fell, the Balkan Crown princes chose Romanian and Italian brides, UK princes married British nobles except for George to their cousin Marina and with Astrid & Märtha snatching the Crown Princes of Belgium and Norway) marrying German princelings was the only way for them to contract equal marriages. Since they were all descended from both Queen Victoria and her siblings and Christian and Louise of Denmark they'd basically known each other all their lives and once the threat of expropriation had passed the German royals were still both wealthy and very suitable matches.

Except for Marina the only engagement between a Greek princess and a member of a ruling house was that between her sister Olga and the future King Fredrik of Denmark. The engagement was quietly broken off and Olga instead married Paul of Yugoslavia.

At the time even Crown Princess Juliana of the Netherlands had a hard time making a suitable match which in the end lead to her mother having to compromise on the rather strict demands she had set out regarding her future son-in-law for Juliana to find a husband at all.
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Before their weddings, were any of Prince Philip's sisters considered as a possible wife for any non-German Royals? Was there a specific reason they all married German Royals?
I recall from the Hugo Vickers biography of Princess Alice that there was an attempt for the two oldest girls to find husbands in the UK. They spent time in London with their grandmother, Victoria Milford Haven, and their aunt Lady Louise Mountbatten acted as a chaperone. However, being from an exiled royal family and not having a great fortune, they weren't able to attract any suitors. This would have been a time when most aristocrats were marrying wealthy American heiresses. In a strange twist, it was Louise who ended up finding a husband (Crown Prince Gustaf Adolf of Sweden).
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